“During his first term we launched Opening Doors and began the tough but necessary work of making our nation’s response to homelessness more strategic, more responsive, and more collaborative across all levels of government and the non-profit and private sectors. Since the launch of Opening Doors, the nation has made progress toward preventing and ending homelessness despite the economic downturn and continued recovery.”
She highlights achievements in advancing the cause of ending homelessness including:
A 20% reduction in Veteran homelessness;
The prevention and ending of homelessness for 1.3 million Americans through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP);
Targeting the chronically homeless who are most high-need and connecting them to resources and permanent supportive housing; and
Identifying clearer strategies and actions that are needed to end homelessness among families, children, and youth.
“However, while the ambitious goal to prevent and end homelessness is achievable, it will only be done if we can step up and finish what we’ve started together … To end homelessness resources must be pushed to only the most successful and cost effective interventions, and the collaboration among all systems that touch those experiencing or at risk of homelessness must be strengthened.”
Click here to read the rest of Poppe’s message on the USICH blog.